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One mom is telling other parents that they shouldn’t let their kids watch “Hocus Pocus 2” because it will “let hell loose on your kids and in your home.”
The mother also said that the characters in the movie “could be doing any kind of spell they want,” even though “everyone thinks it’s fake and harmless.”
She told him, “Anything could be coming into your house through that TV screen.” Gooch said in the interview that she was warning parents about movies and other entertainment that show witches and witchcraft because of her faith and her belief that there is a “spiritual war being fought against homes in America.”
The people who raised Gooch asked him what he thought. Her husband, Jeremy Gooch, sent an email on her behalf saying that the family had been “dealing with threats” and that she would not comment or do an interview.
Gooch said that her family hasn’t celebrated Halloween in “four or five years,” but she doesn’t think the dangers are only on October 31.
She said, “I think that everything on TV is related.” I’ve personally seen or heard the things I’ve seen or heard on TV. They now exist. Gooch said in the interview that her family has gotten bad comments, but she has also gotten good comments that let her know she is not alone.
Wendy Walters is from Texas and is 46 years old. She has two sons, ages 20 and 27, and two grandchildren, ages 1 and 5. She agrees with Gooch that the movie and other entertainment like it are dangerous.
My friend group has talked a lot about how witchcraft and even the idea of human sacrifice or a blood sacrifice that’s needed have been sold as “entertainment” or “fun,” as Walters told TODAY. “Something that at first seems fun can quickly cause problems with your family that you didn’t plan for.”
Walters says she hasn’t seen “Hocus Pocus 2” and has no plans to do so. She’d seen the first one, which came out in 1993. As kids, her sons didn’t. She said, “I don’t think we want to let witchcraft and human sacrifice into our homes and into the lives of our families, even if it’s done with jokes and fun and Disney glitter.”
Even though more than half of Americans no longer believe in organized religion, warnings about demons, witchcraft, devil-worship, and “satanic panic” are on the rise, thanks in large part to conspiracy theory groups like QAnon and conservative Republican politicians.
Evangelical Lutheran Pastor Paul Eldred, who lives in Washington and has a degree in biblical and liturgical studies from the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago, says that witchcraft is “a name we’ve given to things we don’t understand or that scare us.”
Eldred said so TODAY. “The church would say that women were witches if they wanted more rights or broke the rules of the time.” “This was because they didn’t fit what society expected of them.” “This kind of fear comes from a time in our history when fear was what drove us, and it doesn’t work with more modern ways of thinking,” Eldred said that this fear also goes against what he knows about God.
That a movie or book will make us forget about God? Eldred told us, From what I know, that makes no sense at all. “Faith asks us to trust in the unknown by putting our trust in God, who is known through love, compassion, and care, not through fear, exclusion, and demonization.”
“I think God wants us to live with a theology of love, of openness, of including diversity, and of seeing the breadth and beauty of God’s creation in each of us, even if we’re different,” he said. “Look around; the world is full of amazing and fascinating things. I think that God loves all kinds of creativity.
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